Fred & Anne Hails, the curators of this unique museum, have spent many years collecting unique items and memorabilia to create fascinating and factual exhibits, including the history of the British Royal Family the famous Titanic exhibit and the Charles Dickens display. The collection also includes an extensive World War II display, featuring the life of impressive “war room” with displays from WWII. Everything to illustrate life in Britain as it used to be.
Fred and Anne's Wheelchair Foundation
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exhibits in our museum:
The largest collection of "Dinky"
toys in Western Canada
Unique tea pot exhibit
Tribute to the British "Bobby"
Collection of Toby Jugs
See our own "Aidensfield Store"
Sit in Mrs. Beeton's kitchen
See the many exhibits and display of books, artifacts artwork, ceramics depicting the history of the Monarchy.
CHARLES DICKENS is perhaps the best loved and most popular English novelist of the nineteenth century. All his major works are still in print today, while his stories continue to be dramatized, and it is still very much through the eyes of Dickens that the London of Victorian times is seen.
He was born in Kent, returned there to live in 1860, and set many of his stories in the Medway area. Of his fifteen novels, David Copperfield comes closest to being autobiographical, with its description of child labour, and the hero as a law reporter. The character Mr. Micawber was taken from his own father, so too were the scenes in the Marshalsea debtors' prison in Littel Dorrit.
In 1870 his doctors insisted that he slow down, but he nevertheless went ahead with a "farewell" tour in London, his last performance being on March 15th, when he said "I vanish now for evermore". He later died that year. You can enjoy a stroll around the dickens exhibits in our museum, and then enjoy a nice cup of English tea in Oliver's tea room, or pick up a fresh pastry at our Pickwick's bakery.
Unconditional surrender !
Tuesday May 8th 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day. This marked the end of the WW II and the end of suffering, misery and no sweets.
Stepping back in time, but we like to think forward in our hopes of a lesson learned, your journey through our museum continues with a visit to our "war room" and tribute to the Sir Winston Churchill and the British people. See our extensive collection of pictures, exhibits, books, memorabilia and displays commemorating those difficult years of the second world war and the life of one of Britain's greatest leaders. Then, go down to Oliver's Tearooms for lunch or a nice cup of traditional English tea.
In Southampton on April 10th 1912 the majestic and powerful Titanic slipped her mooring lines on her maiden voyage. In command was Captain Edward J. Smith, (left) who at sixty two years of age was due to retire after this voyage. He had been with the White Star lines since 1886. The NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON BOARD APRIL 15TH 1912=2,208, LIFEBOAT SEATS = 1,178, NUMBER OF SEATS MISSING = 1,030. Aside from the lifeboats, "Titanic" also had 48 life-savers and 3,500 lifejackets on board. Although this was more than enough, they were utterly useless in the subzero water conditions that prevailed during the sinking. With books, artifacts, memorabilia and pictures we re-create this fateful voyage.
|Dickens Sweets & Museum is located
45945 Alexander Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C.
Our store hours are 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday closed Sunday and statutory holidays . Oliver's Tearoom is open
9.30 am - 4.00 pm. For more information on the sweetshop please call: 604.793.1981. To order from the bakery or make
reservations for Oliver's tearoom please call: 604 703.1981.